BY JIMITOTA ONOYUME
PORT HARCOURT: SHELL Petroleum Development Company, SPDC, has introduced what it termed community surveillance to protect its Trans Niger Pipelines, TNP, running across some communities in Rivers state.
General Manager, Sustainable Development and Community Relations, SPDC, Mr Ledo Osayende, who made this known during an engagement with the media in Port Harcourt, said the oil giant recently signed a General Memorandum of Understanding, GMoU with about 30 communities in three local government areas in Ogoni, to secure the Trans Niger Pipeline that runs through the communities.
He expressed the hope that the development will address the incessant attacks on its facilities, adding that it would also give ownership of pipelines in the areas to communities.
Ledo said last year the firm recorded about 49 attack on the TNP in Ogoni area, noting that the incidents amounted to huge loss for the nation in terms of revenue.
“In 2013 on the Trans Niger Pipelines in Ogoni area, we had 49 incidents of crude theft. What can we do to improve on the situation? We have started community based surveillance. The Managing Director of Shell led a session with Ogoni leaders and we got their endorsement. We have also met with other stakeholders,” he said.